The Packers needed more plays like this from their rookie defensive lineman
The Green Bay Packers began the season with 10 rookies on the 53-man roster. That’s a pretty high number – especially for a team than won 15 games the previous year. But GM Ted Thompson didn’t hang on to all those rookies to save money or to make himself look good. He kept them because they could play. In fact, seven have played significant roles in the team’s march to its second straight NFC North title.
I’ll be ranking the rookies – from least productive to most productive – over the next couple of weeks. Here’s #6:
Story of 2012: Second-round draft pick Jerel Worthy wasn’t terrible, but he was easily the biggest disappointment among all the rookies. Coordinator Dom Capers gave the former Michigan State star every opportunity to make an impact, but his positive plays were few and far between. Worthy has better size and strength than fellow first-year defensive lineman Mike Daniels, but his technique isn’t ...